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Avoid website-building mistakes

  • Develop a communications strategy that includes marketing the website.
  • Prioritize usability, layout and design.
  • Go with expert help. If you must build your site in-house, at the very least use a template-based website provider like E-zekiel, Go Daddy or Wix.
  • Planning and implementing either a...
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Reflection questions about your website

  • What is your budget? 
  • What are your goals for the website? To share information, gather new information, reach new people, advertise, etc.
  • Who will maintain the site? Can they devote enough time to this work?
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What makes for a good congregational website? Of course, “good” may be in the eye of the user. Yet, there are some commonly accepted standards. This blog from Illinois-based ReFrame Media provides...

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Public relations professional Lauren Hunter is the founder of Church Tech Today, an online resource concerned with congregational use of technology as a communications tool. Hunter says Church Tech...

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The Church Assessment Tool (CAT), created by {{Holy Cow Consulting | https://holycowconsulting.com/}}, helps those seeking accurate data in preparation for one or more of the following: pastoral...

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The Transforming Church Insight (TCI) assessment tool has been a helpful learning tool for many different kinds of congregations. The tool has proven helpful because it focuses on topics often not...

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It’s been said that the website is the congregation’s new front door. A current, user-friendly website is a must for a congregation. The website needs to make a great first impression and function...

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Mark Stephenson, known nationally as the “Church Cyber-guy,” has been a volunteer leader since 1997 at Ginghamsburg UMC where he developed a website that hosts more than 50,000 visitors per month...

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As a church communications specialist, Yvon Prehn says her objective is to assist congregations that are seeking to “fulfill the Great Commission.” Prehn’s Effective Church Communications (ECC)...

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We now know that people first get to know your congregation through your website. We also know that there is an abundance of web development resources. The quality of these resources vary greatly....

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UMI publishes African American resources for a wide range of African American denominations and congregations. There are curricula and other resources for all ages. Children’s resources include...

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Teachers and ministry leaders will find free tips, tools and articles on a variety of topics, including leadership, volunteers, and administration. Children’s Ministry magazine’s e-version can be...

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This website contains abundant information culled from the Pew Forum’s work on the U.S. Religious Landscape. Based on interviews with more than 35,000 adults, this research specifies the religious...

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Demographic information for congregations is readily available, sometimes free and sometimes for a price. The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) is the best free website of religious...

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Sometimes, information and conversation about religion in America shows up in unlikely places. Such an unlikely place is the blogosphere represented by The Huffington Post. An entire section of...

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Have you found yourself in a conversation about something regarding religion and the news and been off balance because you didn’t know enough of the story? When online news blurbs and USA Today...

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Stephen Prothero is an author and professor in the Department of Religion at Boston University. His website is a good introduction to this book and other material he has produced. The site...

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This resource is the website associated with “On Being”, a weekly radio show hosted by Krista Tippett, a graduate of Yale Divinity School. The website represents the broadcast with blogs and posts...

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Working Preacher is a website from Luther Seminary. The website is focused on preaching. Because the emphasis is on resources for the pastor who preaches in a local congregation, it is practical,...

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This website is a key online resource for clergy that follow the lectionary. It is particularly formed for an African American audience. It is a collaborative project of The African American...

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On the website of the Union for Reform Judaism, there is a section on lifecycle passages that includes short articles on subjects such as birth rituals, weddings, kaddish, etc. The section on...

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Here congregations gain access to three free, downloadable hospitality resources and one for-purchase hospitality training pack that are designed to teach congregations effective hospitality skills...

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